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Top 10 Daily Cybercrime Brief by Future Crime Researchers [08.05.2024]: Cyber Attack on UK Ministry of Defence, Google uses Gemini AI to Combat Cyber Crime, Government block 20 Apps and more | #cybercrime | #computerhacker


Kolkata Police Apprehends 11 Cybercriminals
Kolkata Police nabbed 11 individuals for operating a fraudulent call center, deceiving victims with promises of loans while impersonating bank officials. Assets of the accused were seized. Additionally, cybercriminals, posing as police, swindled two individuals, including a 78-year-old, of over Rs 50 lakh using intimidation tactics in Mumbai and Delhi.

Odisha Crime Branch Arrests Four Cyber Fraudsters in Gujarat
The Cyber Crime Unit of Odisha Crime Branch captured four cyber fraudsters from Fatewadi, Ahmedabad, after a Bhubaneswar resident lost Rs. 60 Lakhs to an online trading scam. Led by Inspector Jibanananda Jena, the team gathered digital evidence, conducted raids with Gujarat Crime Branch support, and secured remand for further interrogation.

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Cyber Scammers Defraud Elderly Individuals of Rs 1.8 Crore
A 66-year-old Panchkula resident, Rakesh Kumar Bansal, lost Rs 1.88 crore in a share market scam via a mobile app. He joined a WhatsApp group named ‘Customer Care ICICI Ambani Shares’ after viewing an ICICI securities advertisement. Bansal lodged a complaint with the cyber cell, prompting an investigation.

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Government Blocks 20 Smart Devices Over Cybercrime and Financial Fraud Worries
The Department of Telecommunications blocked 20 mobile handsets and disconnected several numbers due to cybercrime and financial fraud misuse. Following a Bengaluru entrepreneur’s report of a sophisticated financial scam, DoT urged reporting fraud to Chakshu. Prior advisories warned of impersonation calls from DoT and foreign numbers, with Chakshu aiding in fraud reporting.

Gurugram Police Arrests 11 Cyber Criminals, Unveils Rs 14-Crore Fraud
Gurugram police apprehended 11 cyber fraudsters accused of swindling individuals across India of approximately Rs 14.60 crore. Recovered items include Rs 4.20 lakh, four mobile phones, and two SIM cards. Investigation revealed 4,279 complaints and 198 cases against them, with 16 cases in Haryana, including 5 in Gurugram.

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UK Ministry of Defence Faces Cyberattack
The UK Ministry of Defence faced a significant cyberattack on a third-party payroll system, compromising the personal data of current and former armed forces personnel. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak indicated potential state involvement, with former minister Tobias Ellwood suggesting Chinese cyberattack hallmarks. However, the government refrains from directly attributing blame.

Mental Health Data for Children Published Following Cyber Attack
NHS Dumfries and Galloway of UK confirms cyberattack exposes children’s mental health data. Chief executive Julie White apologizes, anticipates that thousands have been affected. Collaboration with national agencies is underway. Concerns arise among residents about data security and transparency from NHS amidst ongoing GP appointment challenges.

Blinken: US Utilizes Commerce and Communications to Counter Cyber Threats
Secretary of State Blinken outlines US efforts to address cybersecurity challenges posed by quantum computing, cloud strategies, and AI. It emphasizes upon safeguarding advanced semiconductor exports and building trust in supply chains. Critics argue for a more nuanced approach, highlighting the complexities of digital supply chain risks and the limitations of trusting vendors.

Google Harnesses Gemini AI to Combat Sophisticated Cyber Threats
Google introduces ‘Google Threat Intelligence,’ powered by Gemini AI, enhancing enterprise cybersecurity. The solution offers conversational search for swift threat insights. Integrated with Gemini 1.5 Pro, it simplifies malware analysis, exemplified by identifying the ‘WannaCry’ killswitch. Dave Gruber highlights the importance of contextualizing threat intelligence for organizations.

Department of Information Management Prepares for Cyber Operational Readiness Assessment
Washington Army National Guard’s Department of Information Management prepares for Cyber Operational Readiness Assessment (CORA), shifting to operational readiness focus. CORA aims to enhance mission assurance amidst evolving cyber threats. Collaboration with Cyber Hygiene Assistance team ensures readiness. Emphasis on maintaining highest cyber defense standards and network security.

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